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[tan-uh-nah, -naw]
noun, plural Tan·a·nas, (especially collectively) Tan·a·na for 2.
  1. a river flowing NW from E Alaska to the Yukon River. About 650 miles (1045 km) long.
  2. a member of a North American Indian people of the Tanana River drainage basin in east-central Alaska.
  3. the Athabaskan language of the Tanana.
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Examples from the Web for tanana

Historical Examples

  • Some of them had been across to the Yukon years before and had visited the mission at Tanana.

    Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled

    Hudson Stuck

  • The Tanana Crossing is a central spot for the Indians of this region.

  • We reached Tanana on the 1st of April, just six weeks since we left.

  • Anyhow, that is how Harper found some gold in the Tanana country.

  • He must be some rough bird to earn a name like that over on the Tanana.

British Dictionary definitions for tanana


  1. a river in central Alaska, rising in the Wrangell Mountains and flowing northwest to the Yukon River. Length: about 765 km (475 miles)
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